A Rossendale primary school has become the subject of a public inquiry five years after blocking off its playing fields which were used as a village green.
Wow, imaging the OUTRAGE! from the usual suspects if a local businessman had tried this!
Bosses at Helmshore Primary School erected a two-metre high fence around the perimeter of the school’s playing fields after having problems with dog mess and broken glass.The fence caused friction with local residents who argued villagers had had right of way on the site at Gregory Fold for more than 70 years.
Well, shouldn’t be too much of a problem, after all, the council wouldn’t have granted planning permission for…
Lancashire County Council which owns the land erected the fencing without permission…
‘One law for them’, again…
… but after a 900 signature petition was presented to the town hall, county council bosses were forced to apply for retrospective planning permissionfrom their own committee.Councillors refused the application after 100 residents turned up to show their disapproval.
But, but, but…..it’s for the chiiilllldreeeeennnn!
County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, said: “The county council erects fences primarily because of children’s safety and security. There are clear dangers attached to having open unsupervised access to primary school playing fields, and we need to be able to stop children from wandering.”
WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDREN??!!!